MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Madison varsity ice hockey fell 2-1 to the undefeated Randolph Rams on Tuesday at William G. Mennen Sports Arena on Hanover Avenue.
Randolph’s James Mattson opened the scoring with about three minutes to go in the first period, with an assist from Max Gaudioso, and the Dodgers fell behind 0-1.
Madison freshman Jacoby Erickson responded in the third period with 12:37 left to play, slapping a successful shot—his second career goal—past Rams goalie Scott Kimiciek. Jack Downs assisted for the Dodgers.
“Once we started crashing the net, that’s how we got our goal,” said Dodgers head coach Dave Hansen. “That’s the only way you’re going to score against Randolph. Their goalie is very, very good.”
A call against Madison’s Ryan Catlin in the final period brought disapproving comments from fans, and Catlin received two minutes in the box for holding.
“You can’t take penalties against Randolph because they move the puck so well,” Hansen said. “The odds are against you.”
Will Zimmer scored a power play goal for the Rams with help from JT Zangara and Nick Civetta while Catlin sat in the box and Madison fell behind 2-1, a deficit the team was unable to even out before the clock hit zero.
Period two was a lively one, with several contiguous Madison shots on goal, but no scoring on either side.
Dave Renzulli slapped a hard shot up the center toward Rams goalie Scott Kimiciek with about 11:30 remaining in the second period, but the Randolph keeper managed to get in front of the puck before it could slide into the net.
Kyle Pruzick made his way up the right side to shoot on Kimiciek less than a minute later, but the opposing goalie was not having it.
As Randolph’s Austin Cross took control of the puck near the Rams goal, Dodger Ian Skinner tried to chip a shot past the goal line, but Kimiciek was on top of it once again.
Madison goalie Mat Ubertaccio ended the game with 32 saves to Kimiciek’s 19.
“Matt’s been playing very well for us,” Hansen said. “He played very well in the Morristown game. His confidence is really there right now. I think the guys know Matt’s always going to compete to get the win.”
Hansen said he thought his team played well despite the loss, but said there is still room for improvement.
“I think we could’ve definitely had a lot more shots on that goalie,” he said. “Especially when (our) first one went in I thought we had a chance. The effort was there, I couldn’t have asked boys to play any harder than they did. They left it all on the ice, and if they continue to play like that, we have a great season ahead of us.”
The Dodgers' (11-3) next game is slated for Friday at 9:10 p.m versus Governor Livingston (2-2-8) at Union Sports Arena, 2441-A Route 22.